12.02.2024 - 19.02.2024, Online (Zoom)

Introduction to the do no harm approach (basic module)


12., 13. & 19. February 2024


Conflict sensitivity is an integral part of partnership-based development cooperation, which takes place in complex social, cultural and economic contexts. As early as the conceptualisation phase, attention should be paid to how unintended or even conflict-aggravating effects of the planned activities can be avoided.



This practice-orientated introductory training course is intended to shed light on the implementation of the Do-No-Harm approach in project partnerships and, in particular, to address the roles and areas of impact of promoting and implementing partners when applied in the project cycle.

  • How are the seven steps of the Do-No-Harm approach located in the project cycle?
  • What needs to be considered when implementing the approach in projects carried out in partnership?
  • How can I apply what I have learned in my organisation?
  • What can we learn from each other?



Michaela Leiss is a trainer and coach, specialising in peacebuilding and conflict transformation, Designing Peacebuilding Projects, Do No Harm and Peace Education. Since 2009, she has worked as a facilitator, project/programme manager and consultant for various INGOs in the field of peacebuilding and conflict transformation in the Middle East and North Africa (freelance since 2017). 


Target Group

Target group are employees of German development (I)NGOs and their partner organizations working in the development sector. You are therefore cordially invited to forward this invitation to your colleagues in the global south. Tandems of German employees and partners are welcome.



Online (Zoom)



The seminar consists of three four-hour online sessions. The sessions will be in English.

First session: Monday, 12th February 2024, 9:00 am -1:00 pm, CET

Second session: Tuesday, 13th February 2024, 9:00 am -1:00 pm, CET

Third session: Monday, 19th February 2024, 9:00 am -1:00 pm, CET


Please note: Places are limited and participants who have been successful in getting a place must commit to 16 hours of their time for attending the three (3) online sessions (which are mandatory) as well as for self-study and course work.



Participation at this workshop is free of charge. The training is limited in number of participants. Your registration is binding.


The VENRO guidelines for development policy project and programme work

The eight VENRO guidelines describe the common understanding of quality of VENRO's member organisations, which have committed themselves to aligning their project and programme work in the Global South with them. We offer continuous training on individual guidelines for practical implementation. This training relates to Guideline No. 8: Achieving lasting positive results.



Please register for the event by 31st January 2024.

The registration period starts at 11th January 2024.

Please note that your registration is not a confirmation of participation. You will receive feedback about your admission to the course after your registration.


Please contact Almut Huss for further questions (a.huss(at)venro.org).